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Drawing by Maciej Sieńczyk, photo. IAM

For the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland, Maciej Sieńczyk created a series of illustrations that capture the atmosphere of the Middle Ages and recall events from the era – both real and imagined.

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Ян Матейко «Крещение Польши», 1889. Справа изображен Мешко I, одной рукой опирающийся на крест, другой сжимающий меч; слева св. Адальберт (св. Войцех) крестит брата Мешко Сцибора. Так выглядело крещение? Фото Wikimedia Commons

The introduction of Christianity to Poland in 966 is symbolically linked to the founding of the Polish state. But while the event enabled Poland to enter the realm of Western Latin civilization and become a fixed part of it, as well as its farthest outpost, its true impact and the reasons that led to it are complex and surprising.

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Jan Matejko, Christianisation of Poland, from the cycle of paintings History of civilisation in Poland, photo: National Museum in Warsaw

2016 marks the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland, which is being celebrated with a series of international events such as concerts and exhibitions.

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The empty painting carried by the procession. Photo: Mirosław Stankiewicz/FORUM

It is every totalitarian system’s aim to not only control legislative, executive, and judicial power but also to rule people’s hearts and minds. This is why, immediately after the installation of Communist satellite governments on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain, their leaders tried to suppress any kind of ideological competition.

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Gniezno Doors, photo: Andrzej Szymański/East News

Interdisciplinary #1050 project devoted to the upcoming 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland will be one of the most important events of this year's programme of the Zamek Culture Centre in Poznań.

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Vladimir Jurowski, photo: Thomas Kurek

Vladimir Jurowski, the much sought-after conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, reveals his personal attachment to Szymanowski's Stabat Mater in an exclusive interview with Culture.pl.

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Karol Szymanowski in his Atma studio, Zakopane, October 1935, photo: Antoni Wieczorek

On 5th March 2016, London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Karol Szymanowski' Stabat Mater in the Royal Festival Hall in London.

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The Introduction of Christianity to Poland, A.D. 965, Jan Matejko, from the cycle History of Civilisation in Poland, photo: National Museum in Warsaw

The Introduction of Christianity to Poland, A.D. 965 by Jan Matejko is the painting which opens A History of Civilization in Poland, a cycle of twelve oil sketches created in the painter’s last period of artistic activity which revealed his desire to settle accounts with Poland’s past.

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As the first poem composed in Polish, Bogurodzica has a firm place in Polish cultural history. The hymn is an instance of the most archaic form of the Polish language and an example of medieval, religious ‘high art’ music.

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The Gniezno Doors, 1180-1190, photo: Andrzej Szymański/East News

One of the greatest representatives of the Medieval Art in Poland is a pair of bronze doors that has decorated the entrance of the Royal Gniezno Cathedral for almost eight hundred years.

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Gdańsk, 1988. Strike at the Gdańsk Lenin Shipyard, photo: Jerzy Kosnik/Forum

You probably think that learning the history of Poland in a mere 10 minutes is impossible, even insane. Give Culture.pl 10 minutes to prove you wrong.

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Staging of a Slavic ceremony near Warta River, photo: Marcin Stępień / Agencja Gazeta

Centuries ago, the typical daily menu of the Slavic tribes in the area of modern-day Poland consisted of herbs and mushrooms. They also consumed a lot of grain, modest quantities of meat and vegetables as well as the ancestor of the beetroot soup currently known as barszcz.

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Karol Szymanowski - Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 Stabat Mater

An album by the London Symphony Orchestra features three pieces by Karol Szymanowski; his 3rd Symphony, his 4th Symphony and Stabat Mater.

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Madonna from Krużlowa, circa 1400-1410, from the collection of the National Museum in Kraków, the Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace. Photograph by: Wacław Klag / Dziennik Polski / REPORTER

Madonna from Krużlowa may be the most widely recognised medieval sculpture in Poland. Carved out of a limewood log, it depicts a full-figure representation of Mary with the infant Jesus.

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The Black Madonna of Częstochowa, 12th-15th century (?), property of the Pauline Fathers Monastery at Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, photograph by Jan Morek / East News

Worshipped for over 600 years, this unique painting of the Virgin Mary and Jesus has fascinated people for ages and still inspires heated discussions among scholars.

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Written in 1926 for soprano, alto, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra, to the lyrics of a Mediaeval Latin sequence translated by Józef Jankowski.

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